EA posts Q2 results, EA Play has over 6.5 million subscribers

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What you need to know

  • EA has shared its financial results for Q2 2021.
  • EA Play has passed 6.5 million subscribers.
  • EA is looking to launch an EA Originals title and a "remastered" game in the coming months.

EA has posted its Q2 financial results for fiscal year 2021. The company noted that net bookings for the last 12 months reached $5.57 billion, up 8% over last year. UFC 4, Madden NFL 21, Rocket League and Star Wars: Squadrons were all released during the past quarter.

EA states that Madden NFL 21 has nearly 30% more players year-over-year compared to the prior entry in the long-running series. The EA Play subscription service, previously known as EA Access or Origin Access, saw significant growth, as EA Play has passed 6.5 million subscribers.

EA notes that looking ahead, the company is expecting to announce the release date of both an EA Originals title and a remastered title. Per Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen, Apex Legends is on track to become a "billion dollar franchise" by the end of the fiscal year. EA's Q1 results earlier this year saw strong growth, primarily due to live service titles.

EA previously announced that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is coming to EA Play on November 10 and that EA Play will be bundled in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC starting on November 10 and December, respectively.

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  • Has either EA or MS offered details on the link up of Play and Game Pass?
    Is Game Pass getting a subset of content, is the link-up time limited or open-ended?
    With Play remaining a separate service in parallel it sounds like there shoukd be some differentiation...
  • It must be noted that it is Game Pass Ultimate (GPU) that has EA Play. A lot of people seem to think that the GP base package gets it too. It doesn't. And to answer your question about EA Play on Game Pass it is the complete package. No different from subscribing to it individually then getting it as part of Game Pass Ultimate (this includes the vault, trials, and sales). If you have an EA Play subscription and GPU, then EA Play will be canceled, and the remaining time will be converted to additional GPU time basically at 3 to 1 (e,g 3 months left on EA Play gets an additional month of GPU). EA Play with GPU works as it does now as long as you have an active GPU subscription. Edit: ** actually my example of converting is a little off. If you have 50 days to 3 months you get 1 extra month of GPU for that EA Play subscription time you have left. 4 to 6 months gets you 2 months of GPU, and so on. FAQ: https://support.xbox.com/en-US/help/subscriptions-billing/manage-subscri...
  • For console gamers with XBOX LIVE getting Game Pass results in upgrading to Ultimate.
    It's good to know Play in GPU is the full package.
    Hopefully it's indefinitely.